YUMA, Ariz. – The Yuma fire department and fire departments in the Imperial Valley were requested to help fight the Walker Fire in Northern California near Yosemite National Park. The request came in on Sunday afternoon, the Yuma Fire Department says within an hour four of their firefighters assembled and headed to El Centro to meet up with other fire fighters forming what they call a “strike team”. They arrived at the scene at 3 a.m. Mike Erfert with YFD says their mission is to provide structure protection. He says they could be gone for up to two weeks, but could be reassigned to help with other fires.
The fire is 600 miles from Yuma. It started on August 14th, officials say it has burned over 3,700 acres and is only 10% contained. Officials say that weather has made fighting it very difficult and that it has the potential to be a very dangerous fire. Authorities say it was man made and they are currently investigating the situation.